Martin Votruba

PhDr and PhD, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Diploma in English Studies (FS), University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Office: 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Votruba is the Head of our Slovak Studies Program, the only one of its kind in the United States.

Courses Taught

Slovak, Czech, and Central European Cinema

Slovak Transatlantic Cultures

The Year Communism Crumbled

A Survey of Slovak History and Culture

Slovak language (all levels)


“Trends in 20th Century Slovak Filmmaking,” Slovakia 37

“Linguistic Minorities in Slovakia.” in: Linguistic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.; A Slovak-English Contrastive Grammar (revised ed. 2008); guest editor, KinoKultura, Special Issue 3: Slovak Cinema

“Hang Him High: The Elevation of Jánošík to an Ethnic Icon.” Slavic Review 65

“Comments on ‘Culture and Politics — Rivals or Allies?’” in: The Slovak Republic: A Decade of Independence.

“Historical and National Background of Slovak Filmmaking.” in: KinoKultura, Special Issue 3

Slovakia After the Velvet Revolution: A Tale of Two Intelligentsias.” Slavic Almanach 3

“Highwayman’s Life: Extant Documents about Jánošík.” Slovakia 39

Research Interests

Slovak studies — language, history, literature, culture

Slovak and West Slavic linguistics

Communism and its collapse in Central Europe